We've been talking about cabling over a the BWAKAL - do you use a cable needle or not? BWA yarn is great for cabling without because it is stiff and the stitches really stay right where you put them. Here's how I cable without a cable needle:
1. Braided Cable over 6 stitches. Ready for C4F, K2.
2. Slip first four stitches off the left needle.
3. With right needle, pick up two left stitches from behind the right ones.
4. With left needle, pick up two right stiches from in front of the left ones.
5. Bring left needle stitches in front of right needle stitches.
6. Slip right needle stitches onto left needle - cable complete.
7. Knit across 4 cabled stitches.
8. Completed Cable!
The concern when learning this technique is that you will drop stitches. Just be careful not to pull or tug on the needles, which tends to bring the yarn through the loose stitch. If you get nervous, just slip everything back to where it was, straighten it all out, and start over. Wendy offers a tutorial with great photos - her technique is slightly different than mine. She shows different types of cables, too.
That said, I miss the cable needle sometimes. I liked to weave the cable needle into the knitting when I put it down until next time. Who knew there were so many kinds of cable needles? Snow clued me into the "flying bird" and Stephanie mentioned the grooved ones from Fibertech. Cable needles are great for showing off. People would always ask "what's that, what are you doing?" when using a cable needle. (Sometimes that can be annoying...)
Well, hopefully I didn't bore you to tears! Happy cabling!